A-G: Think of future, stability

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum conducts a pre-budget 2022-2023 session with the participants of the Fiji Institute of Accountants conference at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

You need people who can give you stability, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this to participants at the Nadi Women’s Forum last weekend.

The A-G said it was important for Fijians to keep that in mind when choosing people to vote for.

“Don’t think about now, don’t just think about this election, think about the future,” he said.

“Now one of the political parties, SODELPA, is saying we will make university entirely free, why?

“They just want to get the votes but it’s not sustainable.

“You can’t continue to do that; it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

“So those are the kinds of things you need to think about when you choose people to vote for.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, who is also the Economy Minister, said the Government introduced free education in Fiji because they knew 70 per cent of the country’s population was below the age of 40 and the greatest asset to invest in them was to get them educated.

He said Fijians had shared with him the difficulties they faced in trying to send their children to school because of fees and other expenses.

“So many people have said I was so good at school, I used to come first. But my parents could not afford to send me to high school or couldn’t afford to send me to university.

“That’s gone. What we have are scholarships and we also have tertiary education loans.”

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